Best of Minnesota Photos - May 2011

| Wednesday, December 21, 2011

North Minneapolis Tornado Damage

from flickr user Tony Webster
It seems like a distant memory that a tornado touched down in north Minneapolis. It seemed an impossibility - so rare is it that tornadoes touch down in urban areas. But here is the proof that extreme weather many think is reserved for wheat fields of Kansas can happen just blocks from such landmarks as Target Field and the IDS Center. The rarity of an urban tornado touchdown paired with the damage it did and the awareness it brought to tornado warning advancements make it my pick for best photo of May 2011.

The photographer says: North Minneapolis residents looking at tornado damage at Penn and Broadway in the Jordan neighborhood of North Minneapolis. May 22, 2011.